- the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genesis of a new individual similar to others of its kind but exhibiting certain variations resulting from the particular mix of genes and their interactions with the environment.
- the genetic characters so transmitted.
Origin of heredity
Examples from the Web for heredity
Not surprisingly, then, this is a book about heredity, about fathers and sons and their awkward relationships.Favorite Historical Novels
November 9, 2011
A frequently touching domestic drama about an academic Chicago family, it mulls Big Themes: war, faith, heredity.The Squid and the Whale of a Book
June 14, 2009
By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
We see that the heredity relation is an extremely complex affair.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
I agree that a man cannot for long conceal his true nature; we are what we are by heredity.
Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.
He was one of those frequent cases which give the lie to the laws of heredity.The Fortune of the Rougons
- the transmission from one generation to another of genetic factors that determine individual characteristics: responsible for the resemblances between parents and offspring
- the sum total of the inherited factors or their characteristics in an organism
Word Origin and History for heredity
1530s, from Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) "heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir, heiress," from PIE root *ghe- "to be empty, left behind" (cf. Greek khera "widow"). Legal sense of "inheritable quality or character" first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.
- The genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring.
- One's genetic constitution.
- The passage of biological traits or characteristics from parents to offspring through the inheritance of genes.
The passing of characteristics from parents to children. (See genetics.)